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Eagles Lose Control of NFC East Race in Thrilling Cardinals Clash

Eagles Lose Control of NFC East Race in Thrilling Cardinals Clash

In a rollercoaster battle, the Philadelphia Eagles squandered a 21-6 halftime lead to the Arizona Cardinals, ultimately losing 35-31 on a James Conner 2-yard rushing touchdown with only 32 seconds remaining. The defeat leaves the Eagles at 11-5 and out of control in the NFC East race, now relying on Week 18 outcomes.

The game’s highlights unfolded as follows:

First Quarter:

  • Eagles’ Milton Williams chased down Kyler Murray for a crucial sack, limiting the Cardinals to a field goal.
  • D’Andre Swift reached over 1,000 rushing yards for the season.
  • Jalen Hurts connected with Julio Jones for a 12-yard touchdown pass, breaking a tie and putting the Eagles ahead 7-3.

Second Quarter:

  • Sydney Brown intercepted Kyler Murray at the Philadelphia 1-yard line, running it back for a spectacular 99-yard touchdown, extending the Eagles’ lead to 14-3.
  • Cardinals settled for a field goal, and Julio Jones secured his second touchdown just before halftime, ending the second quarter at 21-6 in favor of the Eagles.

Third Quarter:

  • Cardinals made a strong comeback with two touchdowns, tying the game at 21-21.

Fourth Quarter:

  • Jalen Hurts responded with a touchdown pass to Dallas Goedert, giving the Eagles a 28-21 lead.
  • Cardinals quickly equalized, making it 28-28 with a touchdown pass from Kyler Murray to Michael Wilson.
  • Jake Elliott’s field goal briefly regained the lead for the Eagles at 31-28.
  • Eagles’ defense failed to stop the Cardinals, allowing a late touchdown by James Conner, resulting in a heartbreaking 35-31 loss.

Despite the defeat, Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni emphasized the need for a quick turnaround and expressed determination to fix issues. The Eagles now face a crucial Week 18 matchup against the New York Giants, hoping for a chance to reclaim control in the NFC East race.

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